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ECUSA Connecticut

Location of the Diocese of Connecticut

The Diocese of Connecticut is a diocese of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, encompassing the entire state of Connecticut. It is one of the nine original dioceses of the Episcopal Church and one of seven New England dioceses that make up Province 1.

Its first bishop, Samuel Seabury, was the first Anglican bishop with a see outside the British Isles. Anglican services have been conducted in the diocese since 1702, but the first diocesan convention did not take place until after the diocese was organized, having been convened by Bishop Seabury in 1785.

The cathedra of the bishop is at Christ Church Cathedral (45 Church Street) in the see city of Hartford. Diocesan offices are at 1335 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. There are 177 parishes in the diocese, with about 68,500 baptized members. One of Connecticut's well-known bishops was the Right Reverend Walter Henry Gray, who served as the first chairman of the Civil Rights Commission in Connecticut. Bishop Gray also played a leading role at two meetings of the Lambeth Conferences.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas, elected 15th bishop of the diocese on October 24, 2009, was consecrated at the Koeppel Center of Trinity College on April 17, 2010, at a service at which the preacher was the Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.[1] He was seated at Christ Church Cathedral the following day. Douglas is the first priest ever to be elected from outside the diocese, and at the time of his election was Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and associate priest at St. James’s Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bishop Douglas is assisted by two Bishops Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. James E. Curry (2000-) and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Laura Ahrens (2007-). Bishop Ahrens was the first woman to be elected bishop in Connecticut and was consecrated on June 30, 2007 at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, New Haven.

Bishops of Connecticut[]

Honorific & Name Dates
1st The Rt. Rev. Samuel Seabury 1784-1796
2nd The Rt. Rev. Abraham Jarvis 1797-1813
3rd The Rt. Rev. Thomas Church Brownell 1819-1865
4th The Rt. Rev. John Williams 1865-1899 (Coadjutor Bishop 1851-1865)
5th The Rt. Rev. Chauncey Bunce Brewster 1899-1928 (Coadjutor Bishop 1927-1928)
6th The Rt. Rev. Edward C. Acheson 1928-1934 (Coadjutor Bishop, 1926-1928)
7th The Rt. Rev. Frederick G. Budlong 1931-1954 (Coadjutor Bishop, 1931)
8th The Rt. Rev. Walter Henry Gray 1951-1969 (Coadjutor Bishop 1945-1951)
9th The Rt. Rev. John Henry Esquirol 1971
10th The Rt. Rev. J. Warren Hutchens 1971-1977
11th The Rt. Rev. Morgan Porteus 1977-1981 (Coadjutor Bishop 1976-1977)
12th The Rt. Rev. Arthur Edward Walmsley 1981-1993 (Coadjutor Bishop, 1979-1981)
13th The Rt. Rev. Clarence Nicholas Coleridge 1993-1999
14th The Rt. Rev. Andrew Donnan Smith 1999-2010
15th The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ian T. Douglas 2010-

Suffragan Bishops[]

  • The Rt. Rev. Edward C. Acheson, Suffragan Bishop, 1915-1926 (subsequently Coadjutor Bishop 1926-1928 and 6th Bishop of Connecticut 1928-1934)
  • The Rt. Rev. Walter Henry Gray, Suffragan Bishop, 1940-1945 (subsequently Coadjutor Bishop 1945-1951 and 8th Bishop of Connecticut 1951-1969)
  • The Rt. Rev. Robert M. Hatch, Suffragan Bishop, 1951-1957
  • The Rt. Rev. John Henry Esquirol, Suffragan Bishop 1958-1971
  • The Rt. Rev. J. Warren Hutchens, Suffragan Bishop 1961-1971
  • The Rt. Rev. Morgan Porteus, Suffragan Bishop 1971-1976 (subsequently Coadjutor Bishop 1976-1977 and 11th Bishop of Connecticut 1977-1983)
  • The Rt. Rev. W. Bradford Hastings, Suffragan Bishop 1981-1986
  • The Rt. Rev. Clarence Nicholas Coleridge, Suffragan Bishop 1981-1993 (subsequently 13th Bishop of Connecticut 1993-1999)
  • The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey William Rowthorn, Suffragan Bishop 1987-1993
  • The Rt. Rev. Andrew D. Smith, Suffragan Bishop 1996-1999 (subsequently 14th Bishop of Connecticut 1999-2010)
  • The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry, Suffragan Bishop, 2000-
  • The Rt. Rev. Dr. Laura Jean Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop, 2007-


  1. Episcopal Life Online item, April 19, 2010

See also[]

  • List of Succession of Bishops for the Episcopal Church, USA

External links[]

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